Kachess Ridge / Kachess Beacon
Jun 11, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Kachess Ridge / Kachess Beacon
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
- Agency: Cle Elum Ranger District
- Trails: Kachess Ridge (#1315), Kachess Beacon (#1315.3)
- Avg Rating: 3.25
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
Trail #1212 goes down to a large campground on Silver Creek. Proceed left and cross a footbridge just below a small dam. From there the trail climbs a bruising 1000 ft in just .8 of a mile to Easton Ridge and then another aggressive 1000 ft in 2 miles to the top of the ridge.
Trail #1325 heads north up a steep incline then moderates up through some generous switchbacks 1.9 miles to a junction. The tread is broad and free of rocks and roots. At every clearing the flowers are abundant.
The junction is just past a small talus slope and is marked by a small cairn. Go right to Beacon Point which is a steep .9 mile climb up a mostly bare slope covered with flowers. The track is adequate but goes straight up in some places - definitely in the Kamikazi or Mailbox class. Great views up on top with good rocks to sit upon.
The left trail from the junction is marked with branches across it for no particular reason. This trail goes up the Silver Creek valley to West Peak, Thorp, and eventually along No Name Ridge, 10 miles one way. It is worth following for a short half mile to the waterfalls but from there it is dirty salt & pepper snow through the forest. Not much to see beyond the falls. When the snow melts, a couple of blowdowns will become evident.